Thursday, May 8, 2008

A lot of great ideas still looking for ways to monetize

And now the million dollar question!

Ok, so you can get everything in front of you through a single interface. You can see which of your friends or the people you follow posted what, on facebook, myspace, flickr, youtube, twitter etc. You can easily view their photos, videos, blogs, comments etc. and everybody is happy.

But let’s try thinking the other way around. Let’s say you are that guy posting everything , leaving your mark everywhere. And your content is popular and you 've got a lot of views and a great bunch of people going through everything you post. You are That social guy. Or you are a band posting videos and songs on youtube and myspace and your music is often requested or streamed on lastfm and Pandora (by the way I really miss Pandora). Wouldn’t you like to know in terms of both quantity and quality, the extend of “your content’s impact on the world”. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a great customizable attractive visual report of everything your content has gone through? How do you monetize? When and how do you collect?

Wouldn't be even greater if this could be the way for sponsors to search and find the exact content to sponsor? Advertising agencies would have a clear view of the popularity and buzz created by certain kinds of content and publishers.

In my search for a solution i came across traackr. This great little tool let's you track what's going on with your content on all the different networks it is posted. Through a clever scoring mechanism you get a clear view of what is popular and what is not.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Web 2.0 moving forward

Ok, we live in a web 2.0 world. And there is a lot of small talk around about a web 3.0 coming up.

Web 2.0 is almost everywhere you look. Everybody has at least a facebook account. Well, almost everybody… I ‘ve been trying to get back in touch with old friends for quite some time with limited success. All I get is Texas holdem buddy requests, invitations, pokes, super pokes, kisses, hugs, extra hugs, bites, comparisons etc. Is it just me or is facebook getting too complicated, too spammy and impractical?

I guess I am not the only one.

The way to go is trying out aggregation models for the hundreds of social networks everybody is mingling on. Now you can control all your social networking (most of it actually) from single site, through a single interface with a single sign-on authentication model.

Users begin to employ these emerging new tools to better manage and track their various online relationships, both personal and professional. The introduction of these new Web applications, such as Friendfeed, Socialthing!, Spokeo, Second Brain, and Iminta, are making it easy for users to keep track of what their friends are doing online while simultaneously demonstrating that there are compelling alternatives to being social online without having to, say, actively maintain a Facebook account. In fact, that's the very premise of this new type of social Web utility, which automatically tracks a user's public activity at sites around the Web including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, and so on, and creates a single convenient feed for others to consume and track.